Statistics of teen dating
“We call it group dating, and we believe it can be really healthy and protective,” says Jennifer Connolly, a psychology professor at York University in Toronto who specializes in teen relationships.
These types of short-lived pairings — relationships in name only — jump in numbers by grades six and seven, when alcohol increasingly becomes part of many parties.
“If I get bored [on a date], my friends keep things interesting,” Katie says.
The downside for parents: You may not even be aware that your child has a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Group dating is also a way for kids to circumvent a parental ban on dating.
Becoming a “couple” Don’t panic, but the experts say “going out” often begins in grade five, with one or two couples in a class.